HEATHERM4444's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEATHERM4444 HEATHERM4444's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ An Update on Different Things & My Weight Loss Journey So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742672 July 22nd marks my four year anniversary on Sparkpeople. When I joined SP initially I lost almost 80 lbs in about 14 1/2 months. To make a very long story short, I burned out bad and gained it all back last year. I tried a few times to get back on track and then just quit trying. <BR> <BR> The end of April I was in a very minor car accident where I totaled my car. No one was hurt, I just felt stupid and embarrassed more than anything. The following Saturday, I woke up and decided that I just... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:21:29 EST Staying strong by the grace of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367437 Today is the end of my second week as far as being back on track. I've had a really good week eating healthy and enjoying it, and exercising too. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in at .8 lb more than last week. This is the time when I remember to stick with the plan and not get discouraged. I did my measurements and lost a few inches, so I know I'm heading in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Today my goal is to go for a long jog and see how it goes. I'm going to wait until this afternoon t... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:00:17 EST Off to a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360275 I had a great week this week. It's the first time in quite a while that I made healthy eating choices and exercised consistently. It feels like I'm starting over, but it feels good. I weighed this morning, and lost 5 lbs this week!!! I knew I was eating A LOT of calories before I started over Sunday, and I'm sure that part of that is sodium/extra water weight. But still. It's the first time in probably going on two months that I've lost weight. <BR> <BR> I'm going great drinking water, and ... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:00:42 EST Not giving up on myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354040 Today I weighed myself. I probably had not weighed in over a month. I have gained 31 lbs since my lowest weight in October! Ouch! But being scared of the scale won't help me get back on track. So after I weighed I took my measurements too and started all of my goals and tracking all over. <BR> <BR> I think my struggles built up over time and sort-of "snowballed" by a few various factors. I have learned the hard way that there are things worse than plateaus. Looking back, I can see certain th... Sun, 12 May 2013 13:07:09 EST Plateau!!! :-P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576150 Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I have finally stumbled upon my first plateau, and I have to say this experience stinks. I have weighed the same (within a .6 lb range) for the last two weeks. It's really a bummer, but I am trying really hard to stay positive. <BR> <BR> I found some great articles on this website (it's a series of three articles) about what to do when you hit a plateau. Taking to heart what I have read, I am working on changing up what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> First of all, I... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:44:48 EST The Renaissance Faire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559841 Good day to everyone! <BR> <BR> I always do my weekly weigh-in when I get up on Saturday morning. The scale had the nerve to tell me that I had gained two tenths of a pound since last week! Ridiculous! I thought to myself, "Self, you are not going to beat yourself up about this! It's only .2 of a pound anyway! Besides, you've been stressed out lately and you need to just relax!" <BR> <BR> So yesterday I got to go to the renaissance festival and I met my sister and niece there. It was so goo... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 12:27:27 EST Trouble Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555690 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Today I want to talk about a trouble goal. It's really more of thinking out loud. I have a few trouble areas that I want to tackle, but for my first trouble goal I want to deal with what I think is the root of most of my problems. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have no time to get anything done. I thought that once I graduated from college and got married that my life would settle down. But I stay busy all the time! I feel like I don't have the time I need to keep... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:42:57 EST Trouble Goal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555689 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> Today I want to talk about a trouble goal. It's really more of thinking out loud. I have a few trouble areas that I want to tackle, but for my first trouble goal I want to deal with what I think is the root of most of my problems. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have no time to get anything done. I thought that once I graduated from college and got married that my life would settle down. But I stay busy all the time! I feel like I don't have the time I need to keep... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:42:50 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553948 I have turkey on the brain! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is a little less than a month away, and I am already looking forward to it. I will get a couple of days off from work, and I'll get to spend time with my family. And of course there's the yummy food! <BR> <BR> I have a cunning plan...I have decided that as much as I enjoy Thanksgiving food, I do not want it to put a dent in my diet and exercise plan. As far as my exercise, I am going to stay put on my regular schedule. <BR> <BR> Here's my... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:56:20 EST Staying Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552787 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I forgot to add on yesterday's blog that riding a horse really helps encourage correct posture, and I felt like it made me focus on my core as well. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling sad today, so I thought I would try to perk myself up by complimenting myself. <BR> <BR> I am a determined individual. When I set my mind on something, I get it done one way or another. Like when I wanted to learn to play guitar. I bought myself a guitar and started playing. <BR> <BR> An... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:35:25 EST Horseback riding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550537 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> In my current stage on Sparkpeople.com, I am learning about the importance of setting up a reward system for when I achieve certain goals throughout my weight loss journey. So to celebrate being committed for three months on Sparkpeople and losing over 20 pounds, I decided to go horseback riding. <BR> <BR> I absolutely LOVE horses! I don't have much experience with horses, but I think they are some of the coolest, most beautiful creatures that God made. Anytime I a... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:40:58 EST Trivia Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520676 Good day to all! <BR> <BR> This is a completely random blog post, I admit. <BR> <BR> Who can tell me where the following quote comes from? <BR> <BR> "I have a cunning plan." <BR> <BR> I am already looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, you see. I thought maybe I should start planning what to cook for Thanksgiving, that way I will have plenty of time to figure out how to cook healthier versions of side dishes without sacrificing any yumminess. Then I thought, "yes, I have a cunning... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 11:34:14 EST Yeast Rolls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496737 I had a run-in with some yummy rolls a couple of nights ago. <BR> <BR> Let me say first of all I waited way too late to eat dinner. In any case, when I made myself dinner I also made some Mary B's yeast rolls. The bread was so good, it took a lot of self-control not to eat the entire pan. <BR> <BR> This week I am realizing that as yummy as food is, and as much as I enjoy eating yummy food, I do not want to be ruled by it. I am the one who determines what I eat, and how I take care of myse... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:49:13 EST Thankfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462571 I am thankful for my husband. He is sweet and good to me, and has been supportive of me in my weight-loss journey. <BR> I am thankful for my really good friend, who's been so encouraging too. She also is the one who told me about Sparkpeople. <BR> I am thankful for Sparkpeople and all the people I've meet here so far. <BR> I am thankful for my sweet kitty-cat Lucy -- I don't know if I have met a cuter cat! <BR> I am thankful for God helping me to do really well this we... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:25:40 EST The Ultimate Quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451308 I really enjoy quests. Maybe it's because I have such an appetite for adventure. Maybe it's because I am a big fan of Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. <BR> <BR> I am now on a quest to not just lose weight, but to live a healthier lifestyle. I have been thinking this week: "What if this isn't just about weight loss???" I realized this is really a journey about loving and respecting myself - who I am as a person - no matter what I weigh or what I look like. <BR> <BR> Jesus said that the se... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:16:18 EST